Daryl Hall is a singer, songwriter and producer. He's best known as the lead singer and co-founder of Hall & Oates, who have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. His current project is a monthly web video series of his collaborations with other musicians, called "Live from Daryl's House".
Guests Todd Bowman and Devin the Dude. Devin the Dude is a Houston-based rapper whose self-depracating, hilarious, and sometimes profane raps has made him a favorite of Dr. Dre. DJ Premier, and other hip-hop insiders. Todd Bowman is one of the world's foremost experts on Stax Records. We talk to him about the DVD release of the concert film "Wattstax."
Soul singer Omar started the new classic soul movement in the late 1980s in the UK. It's taken fifteen years and the professed admiration of US stars like Erykah Badu and D'Angelo to bring him to US audiences.
With his brother Sid Krofft, Marty Krofft produced many of the 1970s best remembered childrens shows, including HR Puffnstuff and Land of the Lost, as well as a number of variety shows. The latter included Donnie and Marie Osmond, the Brady Kids, and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.
Roberta Flack is a singer, songwriter and pianist. She won back-to-back Grammy Awards for Record of the Year for her songs "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly With His Song." We spoke to her for a new feature, "The Song That Changed My Life."
Guest Jimmy Pardo. Jimmy Pardo is a nationally headlining comedian and the former host of "National Lampoon's Funny Money" and AMC's "Movies At Our House." His long-running stage talk show "Running Your Trap" is a fixture in Los Angeles. He also recently began podcasting.
Guests David Cross and Reel Big Fish. Gene and Jordan, minus Jesse and plus Brian, get to talk to David Cross until an alarm sound cuts off the interview. They finish up with an extended interview with ska band Reel Big Fish. But first, "The Divine Hand of Adam West"!
Guests Michael J. Nelson, Ron Moore and Steve Eley. Mike Nelson was the host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, now he makes commentaries for Rifftrax. Ron Moore is co-creator of the SciFi Network series Battlestar Galactica. Steve Eley is editor of the sci-fi podcast Escape Pod.
Nile Rodgers launched a string of hits with the group Chic, including "Le Freak" and "Good Times", and went on to become a songwriting and producing superstar. He was behind Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out", David Bowie's "Let's Dance", Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and many more. Now, he reflects on decades of hitwriting, collaborating, and the meaning of music in his life. His new autobiography is Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco...
Some amazing tales this week. Jordan talks about getting put in Disneyland jail for using a bubble pipe. Gene talks about trying to convince an authority figure that he was holding something other than what was quite obviously a beer. Jesse talks about the time his mother got arrested for robbing a bank. Plus Vanessa sits in, and we hear from the Evil Computer Bent on World Destruction.
Loudon Wainwright III is an accomplished singer-songwriter, an occaisional actor, and the scion of a musical family. Three of his children - Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche are professional musicians.
Joel Hodgson was the original host of Mystery Science Theater 3000. He and his cohorts J. Elvis Weinstein and Frank Conniff discuss their new venture, Cinematic Titanic, which is, format-wise, a followup to MST3K.
This Monty Python footage hasn't been seen in over 30 years. Originally broadcast on Dallas' PBS affiliate KERA the day after Holy Grail was released, and discovered only recently. The nice folks at KERA and the Python organization were nice enough to share it exclusively with Sound of Young America listeners. Please note that this is a video cast -- it can be viewed on the video iPod or on your computer.
After a long summer hiatus, Gene, Jordan and Jesse return with a vengeance. The first ever appearance of "Hang It Up" (before "Keep It Up" was even a glimmer in Jesse's eye). The XXXTreme Weatherman. Traffic from the Foppish Dandy. Also: a quiz bowl between Dan and the head of the UCSC Cheer Squad.
Elmore Leonard is the author of 41 novels, including "Get Shorty," among many other best-sellers. He's perhaps the most critically-acclaimed popular fiction writer in the country. His most recent is "Up in Honey's Room."
John Darnielle began making music as the frontman of folk rock band The Mountain Goats in 1991. The band subsequently has gained a cult following and Darnielle has been hailed as one of rock's best lyricists. The Mountain Goats' newest release is All Eternals Deck. ( 1 reviews )
Chuck Brown is known as "The Godfather of Go-Go", a genre of very danceable funk music that he helped originate in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s.His newest release is a 3-disc set called "We Got This". He spoke to us about a song that changed his life.
Comedian Louis CK joins Jesse, Gene, and Jordan on this week's installment, with a special appearance by JB Smooth, but before that: A tribute to Adam West and "Who Would Win in a Fight?" with Jim. All this and more on this week's The College Years.
Mavis Staples is a legendary R&B and gospel singer. She began singing as part of a family gospel group formed by her father called The Staple Singers. Her newest album, produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, is called You Are Not Alone.
David Mitchell is half of the British comedy team Mitchell & Webb. They're the stars of the acclaimed UK TV series "Peep Show" and "That Mitchell & Webb Look," the latter of which is running in the US on BBC America.
Guest Simon Reynolds. This week our theme is "Rip It Up & Start Again," and we investigate the history of Post-Punk music. Our guest is Simon Reynolds, a British pop music critic, and the author of the book which gives our show its name. His book aims to retrofit the reputation of the rock music of the early 80s, describing the sonically disparate artists who created something new in the wake of the first punk movement's self-destruction.
Michael Rapaport has an extensive list of credits as an actor, but he visits us to talk about his directorial debut. He took on the task of following the travails of his favorite hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest. His new documentary, Beats, Rhymes, and Life illustrates the storied history of Tribe and is in theaters in NYC and LA on July 8th.
Guests Matt Besser and Rodney Rothman. Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade talks about their new sieries on Bravo, "Asssscat Improv." Rodney Rothman, former Late Show with David Letterman head writer, talks about his memoir "Early Bird." He retired to Florida at age 28. Also, music from New Orleans music legends.